Software Toolkit

The following instructional technology tools are available to faculty teaching distance education or traditional courses. These are instructional technology tools that allow the enhancement of the student experience inside and outside the classroom.

These tools are free or free to try and we’ve tried to include both cloud based applications as well as desktop applications that you can download. Most will work on both PC and Macintosh.

These tools have been selected for their ease of use and effectiveness. While they have been vetted,

AI&eL  does not provide technical support for these tools.


AI&eL Software Toolkit

Word Processing

Google Docs - Google Docs is more than just creating online documents, spreadsheets and presentations. With Google Docs, you can access your files from anywhere, share them with the people you choose, and work together in real time.

Open Office - Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose


GIMP - GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Inkscape - Inkscape is a free and open source software vector graphics editor. Its goal is to implement full support for the Scalable Vector Graphics 1.1 standard. It is both free and open source.

Krita - With a full feature-set, configurable gui and a strong focus on plain productivity, Krita is at home on every artist's desktop. Krita Desktop is available for Windows and for Linux.

Blender - Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline-modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Pixlr - Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service.

Screen Capture

Screencast-O-Matic - Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen recorder for instant screen capture and sharing. Use it right in your browser without an install at or download to run anytime.

Jing - Try Jing for a free and simple way to capture basic video, animation, and still images, and share them on the web. Jing videos are limited to 5 minutes for instant, focused communication.


Video Toolbox - Online video editor capable of processing video files up to 600 MB. It converts your files between all of the popular video formats. You can crop video with just few clicks. It also records video from your webcam or another movie device.

Freemake Video Converter - Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, 3GP, DVD, MP3, iPad, iPhone, PSP, Android phones. Video to MP3 with one click! Rip & burn DVD. Convert YouTube to MP4, AVI, etc.

Handbrake - HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. For both PC and Mac.


Audacity - Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

Audio Expert - Audio Expert is a free and simple online audio editor, file converter and sound recorder. All the standard functionality of an audio editor provides you with an easy way to analyze audio files, cut or crop audio files, merge multiple files and convert files.

Freemake Audio Converter - Convert audio free to MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AAC, M4A, OGG, convert audio to MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP, extract audio from video, join audio files.


Free Studio - Free Studio is an all-in-one package bundling all free multimedia applications developed by DVDVideoSoft. Free Studio Manager has 8 sections for easy access to any application: YouTube programs; MP3 and Audio; CD, DVD and BD; DVD and Video; Photo and Images; Mobiles; Apple Devices; and 3D programs.

With this free software you can easily:
- convert video and audio files between different formats as well as iPod,   PSP, iPhone, BlackBerry and all other popular mobile phones   and devices;
- burn and rip DVDs and audio CDs;
- upload and download YouTube videos and music to your computer, iPod,  PSP, iPhone or BlackBerry;
- perform basic editing of audio and video files;
- record videos and make snapshots;
- create 3D videos and images.

Mind Mapping

X Mind - Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized. - Brainstorm online with Easily create colorful mind maps to print or share with others with almost no learning curve. Visually present a concept, map a process, create an outline of your website.


Keepvid - KeepVid is quite simple to use. Just enter the video URL (video's page address) and click the Download button. You will then be shown the various formats the video can be downloaded in, along with their download links.

Zamzar - Have you ever wanted toconvert files without the need to download software? Zamzar supports over 1200 different conversions - Video Converter, Audio Converter, Music Converter, eBook Converter, Image Converter, CAD Converter - THE multipurpose converter.

OCR Online - OCR Online is an advanced web-based optical character recognition (OCR) application capable of turning scanned paper documents and digital photographs into text files that you can edit and search for text.

Adobe Reader - Adobe Reader software is the free trusted standard for reliably viewing, printing, and annotating PDF documents. It's the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia.

Video LAN - VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Interactive Authoring

Easy Generator - Easygenerator's all-in-one elearning authoring app has everything any author or instructionaldesigner needs to create engaging courses in the cloud.

Schoology - Schoology streamlines the systematic processes of content creation and management, grade recording, attendance, and more so you can spend less time on redundant tasks.

Udutu - Udutu™ offers an entirely free online course authoring tool available to anyone and everyone. Unlimited users, accounts, courses, and content.


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